COLUMBUS, Ohio - A large shipment of personal protective equipment arrived at Rickenbacker International Airport Thursday morning.
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority said the supplies are part of a joint effort between FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“This morning’s shipment of critical medical supplies, during a time when they are needed most, illustrates the importance of keeping our airports open and operational during these challenging times,” said Joe Nardone, President & CEO of CRAA. “As a logistics hub, Rickenbacker offers a strategic advantage to quickly move goods where they are needed.”
The shipment included 83 metric tons of supplies.
Two more shipments are expected, containing supplies such as gloves, gowns, goggles, masks and hand sanitizer.
The supplies will be first provided to medical distributors in areas of greatest need. The rest will be placed into a broader supply chain.